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  1. Add support for Microsoft PDW

    It would be nice to also support PDW databases

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    • How do I list only tables that have different field lengths, or show only tables missing indexes?

      August 11, 2014 12:12
      Mitchell McClure
      Thanks; I've found most of what I was looking for in the Project Options: Ignore list. I'm just trying to filter the results list to include only the most critical items, but this would be easier to do if SQL Compare would group those differences into categories. For example: currently the program lists tables with any and all types of differences, and in the lower, detail view shows all of those specific differences; instead it should list categories such as "Missing or Different Primary Keys", "Missing or Different Fields", "...Foreign Keys", etc...and then beneath…

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      • Highlight changes in column names in the table mapping

        I have a table with 200 columns, The table had a major change with a lot of the columns being renamed. For some reason SqlCompare mapped EmployeeGuid to PointOfInterestGuid. when looking on the field mapping it is very hard to see that the mapping was made because on both sides of the list the column list looks the same.

        My suggestion: For any pair of mapped column, highlight in red any character in the column name that is different for the other side. This will allow easier spotting of wrong mapping and of column name changes

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        • Improve the command line experience when passing a project file

          Use the options stored in the project file during command line execution. Having to specify and keep these options in sync is not only a duplication of effort but prone to error. Any options passed explicitly to the command line should be merged with the project options with the command line taking precedence.

          Similarly, performing a sync using the command line and passing a project file will not take into account any new objects in the database unless the project has been updated to explicitly include them. A sync operation should, include all differences by default unless explicitly excluded or…

          6 votes
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          • Import Objects list for filter

            I get a list of objects to deploy and only those objects are deployed. I have to ether build a filter manually or go through each object in the list. Sometimes there are hundreds and it is tedious to do. I have hacked the filter file(scpf) before and thought of writing a script to do this. The import file could be schema in column 1 and object name in column 2. I use (include) only not (exclude). This seems it would be easy for you guys to do.
            Example in File

            <Include>True</Include>
            <Expression>((@SCHEMA = 'IMADMIN') AND (@NAME = 'proc_AddPayerIfpRealationship')) OR…

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            • Allow the Sql Differences window to be maximized

              Since it is possible to detach the SQL Differences window, the next logical step would be able to maximize this window on a second monitor. That way we could see the list of object differences on one monitor and the specific differences on a different monitor. As it functions now, you have to click and drag the corner of the window to make it as close to the size of the second monitor as you can with the mouse. Also, it would be great to have this setting remembered between SQL Compare sessions.

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              • Make SQL Compare Three-part identifiers aware and filterable

                Not always a deployed database has the same name of the source database due to customers' naming conventions. So it'd be great if SQL Compare will be three-part identifiers aware, so that if you compare the same table from different named databases as following:

                SELECT *
                FROM MyDatabaseA.MyTable

                SELECT *
                FROM MyDatabaseB.MyTable

                SQL Compare will not show them as different if you want a three-part identifiers insensitive comparison.

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                • Consistent statement order in SQL Compare deployment scripts

                  There is one suggestion/recommendation we have worth passing along. As we make small changes in database_A and generate a deployment script against a static database_B, the order of statements comes out drastically different each time. For instance, just making a column nullable in one table will cause the entire deployment script to be reordered. This makes peer reviews more difficult.
                  While we understand dependencies can affect the order of statements in the deployment script, we wonder if there couldn’t be an option to keep the order consistent where no dependency-enforced order exists, perhaps ordering based on object id.

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                  • Duplicate Objects show file name

                    When finding Duplicate Objects in script comparisons, show which file has the the duplicate object so it can be easily identified and removed.

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                    • bug 3604

                      Bug with insufficient privileges. If the user is not able to turn on trace flag 3604, SQL Compare gets into an infinite loop and does not complete the schema compare.
                      DBCC TRACEON (3604)
                      User 'foo\bar' does not have permission to run DBCC TRACEON.

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                      • Please fix columnstore index comparisons

                        Currently SQL Compare detects the order of columnstores as a difference. Columnstores have been around for a while now, can't this please get fixed?

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                          • Please include a way to avoid the 'automatic' mapping of columns.

                            Currently, SQL Compare seems to map columns are they are listed in the table which results in incorrect mapping when new columns are added in between of existing columns.
                            SQL Compare should attempt to map using the column name first.

                            2 votes
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                            • Compare LOGINS

                              Comparing LOGINS is missing, I can only compare USERS. This needs to INCLUDE an option for POLICIES!

                              3 votes
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                              • To be able to configure the default behavior of the 'Include Dependencies' check box

                                When you create a new project and do a deployment for the first time the 'Include Dependencies' check box is set to true. Can this default behaviour be changed to false ?
                                OR
                                Can the user have the option to set the default behaviour

                                7 votes
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                                • A cancel button for "checking for source drift"

                                  Adding a quick cancel-button when "checking for source drift" woud be greatly appreciated.

                                  3 votes
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                                    You might be able to work around this in the meantime by checking the ‘Disable SoC integration for live databases’ option when you don’t want to check for source drift – but obviously it doesn’t help when you’ve realised you don’t want it mid-comparison / when you need migrations to work.

                                    We’re looking into how this whole integration works as part of our DB Delivery work, but it’s unlikely to get to this level in the next few months.

                                  • REFACTORLOG

                                    When working with a SQL Server Data Tools database project in Visual Studio if you use the refactor capabilities to perform a rename of an object, a record of that change is added to a <DB>.refactorlog. Later when deploying using the compiled DACPAC this refactorlog is taken into consideration and all renames are handled accordingly.

                                    I think parsing this refactorlog when comparing to/from TFS would be a great feature add for SQL Compare, rather than manually accounting for the renames in the mappings.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Compare tab contents!

                                      I have yet to find a tool to compare the contents of two tabs in SSMS.
                                      Ideal would be the ability to run an executable on the temfiles of two tabs. So the user could use diffmerge or whatever they liked, But any diff-function would be greatly appreciated.

                                      I don't know if SQL Compare is the right place, but it could be.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Schedule comparitions and send reports by e-mail

                                        I must compare two databases evolving in a different way (one restoring the initial database plus all the week' scripts and the other one adding the scripts of the day). I have jobs to do the restore and the backups; but I can't find how to schedule the comparition and send the report via e-mail.

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Fix the "Objects Selected for Synchronization" count

                                          In SQL Compare 8.50.12.20, it appears that this counter (the one below the large sync-direction arrow and above the objects results grid) doesn't always update properly. Fortunately it seems easy to reproduce. After running a comparison between two of my databases, I'm presented with the results on the DevExpress grid with 4 bands ("xx objects that exist in both but are different", "exist only in y", etc). If I expand a band header to show the objects contained within it, then scroll down so the band header is NO LONGER VISIBLE, checking/marking objects within the band for synchronization does NOT…

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